I don’t suppose there are more than about 20 or thirty real Bargees on the 'waterways at this time. So I am at a loss to understand why there is a need for a National Bargee Traveller's Association? Have the ‘officers’ of this association purposefully used words like ‘Bargee’ & ‘Traveller’ in an attempt to take advantage of the Law as it applies to genuine travellers.
Currently the National Bargee Travellers Association (London) are against the new CRT London Moorings plan, no surprises there then.
They believe that the recent announcement by Canal & River Trust stating that it is reducing the time boats can stay on London moorings will not be of benefit. (Oh really!)
CRT do the oddest things on the waterways, though not necessarily for benefit of boaters, but this cant be helped because office Wallas cant be expected to understand the needs of us boaters however much they try to.
CRT are claiming that these changes are 'to ensure that some popular locations can be shared more fairly by a wide range of boaters'. Personally I think this is bollox. I don’t think CRT have a clue what the problem is and much less know how to deal with it. Last year before the changes to the five locations on a trial basis mooring at Thrupp was monitored by the Warden and people were asked to move on after one week. They can now stay 16 days using the new rules.
The NBTA are saying there needs to be more rings. (More rings will bring more fake CCers. There are more than enough ring for genuine CCers. What they are in fact trying to say is, There are not enough rings in London for us to break the rules as we would like to. We need more rings.
The mooring situation in London is simple. There are more than enough visitors moorings in London. What CRT have to address is keeping non-visitors off the moorings.
I am sorry but if you work in London and hop from one set of rings to the next then you are not a Continuous Cruiser you are a Continuous Avoider. And if you are part of the various groups that contact each other on facebook or by phone to let others know you are about to move then you are most definitely a fake.
If the members of the NBTA can read then they will know the rules applied to CCers. If those members chose to flaunt the rules then they have to deal with the consequences. It is not for CRT to bend over backwards to accommodate them, that is not their job.
More rings along London’s waterways will need planning permission to allow people to live there, which is what the fakes really want, but as I travel around the country I see many marinas with empty moorings. Yes I know its not on their doorstep but why should boaters be exempt from normal society, I know many people who travel from as far away as Spalding in Lincolnshire to get to work in London.
I cant help but think that the NBTA is a self seeking group who don't give a shit about the waterways only themselves, whose credentials are suspect.
Maybe there should be more rings in London and maybe they should be reserved for the London Continuous Avoiders, but then the visitor moorings should be for genuine visitors only.
Now come on boys you have been rumbled play the game by the rules.